Whilst the English country house look may traditionally be associated with heavy antique furnishings and dusty table lamps with fabric shades, the style has entered the 21st century with a decidedly modern and luxe feel. Explore some of the finest places in London and beyond that have adopted this trend, including original countryside houses as well as more modern spaces.
5 Hertford Street
A glorious mishmash of patterns, prints and art, private members club 5 Herford Street should be too much, but it’s so tasteful that it isn’t. Founded by Robin Birley in 2012, the interior of the 18th century building resembles a lavish country house, and with dogs allowed to wander freely about the building, it feels like a country club too.
Pentreath & Hall
English architect-decorator Ben Pentreath co-owns interiors emporium Pentreath & Hall with his business partner, decorative artist Bridie Hall.
Pentreath & Hall is co-owned by Ben Pentreath, one of the UK’s most popular interior designers and a great champion of the English country house style. The charming Bloomsbury based shop is filled with gorgeous pieces which would look great in any interior - country or city alike. Pieces include china, linens, glass, furniture, candles and vases.
The House at Beaverbrook
Once the country estate of press baron Lord Beaverbrook, the new 18 bedroom House hotel at Beaverbrook looks set to become the coolest country house hotel in Britain. The interiors, by Susie Atkinson, are grand yet homely and display an authentically Victorian sensibility for jumbling things that shouldn’t go together but do.
Mark's Club is an elegant and traditional private members' club, situated in a beautiful townhouse in Mayfair.
Founded in 1973 by the late Mark Birley, Mark’s Club is a traditional private members' club situated in London’s Mayfair. It was recently revamped by Paris-based designer Tino Zervudachi, who commented that the club was all about ‘old world elegance’. Whilst Zervudachi gave the club a fresh new look, he made sure to maintain the classic Birley spirit of the place, keeping the assorted English antique furniture, silk wall fabric and paisley printed carpets.
Kettner's Townhouse is a hotel, restaurant and champagne bar in a historic Georgian building in London's Soho.
Once the hangout spot of Oscar Wilde, Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie, today Kettner’s Townhouse is a handsome, 33 bedroom hotel with a strong country house vibe. Featuring an original 18th century staircase, each bedroom has Georgian timber floorboards, fireplaces, heritage windows and vintage pieces.
Belmont, Lyme Regis
Recently restored to excellence by Landmark Trust furnishing manager John Evetts, Belmont is a remarkable and elegant English country house, dating back to the 18th century. Once the home of writer John Fowles, today Belmont is open to guests who can enjoy its original furnishings and pretty, bright pink facade.